Betty White in Black and White

Betty White in Black and White

DVD - 2010
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This is the first comprehensive and incredibly entertaining retrospective of the birth of Bettymania. Experience several episodes from Betty's first accliamed hit series, Life With Elizabeth (1953-55), along with Betty's own daytime series The Betty White Show. Included also is an incredibly rare episode from November 1954 where Betty sings, dances, and is joined by surprise guest Rin Tin Tin, plus a heartfelt message from Martin and Lewis!
Publisher: [Toronto, Ont.] : Video Service Corp., [2010]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (180 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Aug 20, 2018

There are two episodes apiece of "Life With Elizabeth" and "A Date With The Angels" and a two or three of her variety/talk show "The Betty White Show". Of these, "Life With Elizabeth" is the most interesting, but it suffers from the sins of early 1950's television: mediocre writing, so-so performing talent, clear evidence of being under-rehearsed, and a determination to be as bland as possible. No wonder when the writers of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" created Sue Ann Nivens, they described her as "an icky-sweet Betty White type."

They are nevertheless interesting as historical artifacts, in particular the commercials: the insane claims for Geritol and the miracle weight-loss tablets they were plugging, and the message at the end of "Date With The Angels". The show was sponsored by Plymouth, who exhorted viewers to watch their other productions "'The Lawrence Welk Show' on this network and the dramatic anthology 'Climax' on another network."

Dec 24, 2013

This DVD contains 2 episodes each from the 3 TV Sit-Coms of the 1950s which starred comedian, singer, and dancer, Betty White._____ I found that these shows were, at best, mediocre. They were all presented in a very stagey fashion where the less-than-funny situations were really contrived and often lacked any spontaneity. As well, the actors appeared quite self-conscious and stiff in their character portrayals. And, on top of all of that, Betty White, herself, was certainly no Lucille Ball._____ All filmed in grainy b&w, the 3 comedy shows presented on this DVD were "Life With Elizabeth" (which ran from 1953-1955), "The Betty White Show" (1956 only) and "A Date With The Angels" (1957 only)._____ Believe me, these were very weak TV comedies with their drab and conventional situations. I think that these episodes can only be appreciated for their nostalgic value. None of these programs came even close to being at all comparable to other such Sit-Coms of that early era of TV as I Love Lucy, Leave It to Beaver and/or Father Knows Best.


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